Located nearly 6,000 kilometers away from the nearest homegrown hawker center lies a kopitiam that offers a genuine experience of dining in Singapore. We’re talking about Kopitiam Singapore Restaurant, located far, far away in Sapporo, Japan — a makan spot that’s actually frequently patronized by the district’s locals.
Located in the Tanukikoji arcade, the eatery has been there for at least 10 years, it seems, according to a review on Best of Sapporo Japan. It was MustShareNews who recently brought up the existence of the scarily authentic restaurant, which serves up dishes such as steamed chicken rice, sambal kangkong, mee rebus, nasi goreng, and other Singaporean fare that you’d never expect to find at a shopping district in Japan.
Not only is the cuisine legit — the decor looks like something straight out of Geylang Road, with its Tiger Beer billboards, green Carlsberg patio umbrellas, worn out red plastic stools, and garish indoor lighting. Hell, there’s even keropok and Hand Brand peanuts to snack on.
Online reviews have also lauded Kopitiam Singapore Restaurant for its spicy food, just like our Singaporean tastebuds demand. And the spot is said to get crowded pretty quickly, so reviewers advise booking tables earlier to avoid disappointment.
Singaporeans who want to take a break from all the sushi, udon, and fresh seafood can look forward to kanpai-ing with bottles of Tiger at Nishi 7chome, Minami 3jo, Chuo-ku in Sapporo.